I'm sorry if this is not the right place to be asking this. Please move my question, if necessary.

I've been wondering: why is it not possible to follow people? I sometimes find certain people who answer questions of a particular type (usually tag that I follow) to be quite knowledgeable in that field. So... I go and check their answers to other questions they've replied to so I can sometimes learn cool new things. This often helps narrowing the learning curve when learning a new technology you're still a newbie in. So... wouldn't it be way cooler, if, (just like in GitHub), you could simply follow a person (both their questions and answers)...?

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    Because SO/SE is about content and not about people. – Joachim Sauer Jun 26 '13 at 9:45
  • It's 2013... The net is social. Doesn't this feature make sense? – carlspring Jun 26 '13 at 9:47
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    what's the argument for it? "Because others are doing it" or "Because it's in"? Not having a "friendslist" sends a clear signal that SO is about content first and fore-most. Losing the focus on this would reduce the quality of SO. – Joachim Sauer Jun 26 '13 at 9:49
  • RSS feeds are a different thing. While it may give you a stream of people's activity, you need a separate app/plugin/toolbar for that. Couldn't it be a bit simpler? – carlspring Jun 26 '13 at 9:49
  • @carlspring think you meant to post this as comment on the answer from Oded? – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Jun 26 '13 at 9:50
  • I would argue it would ruin the quality of SO. I think it would make it cooler, as it would improve your learning through networking. It's a whole new level of learning, don't you think...? – carlspring Jun 26 '13 at 9:51
  • You say "networking" I say "stalking" ;-) Also: as far as I know "cooler" is not one of the goals in SO/SE. – Joachim Sauer Jun 26 '13 at 9:54
  • Oh, wow... downvote me, I'm an evil villain for asking a reasonable question... – carlspring Jun 26 '13 at 9:56
  • Voting on Meta is different: meta.stackoverflow.com/help/whats-meta – Bart Jun 26 '13 at 9:57
  • @JoachimSauer: "cooler" might not be one of the goals, but it is. And since there's always room for improvement, hence the suggestion. Nevermind. – carlspring Jun 26 '13 at 9:57

You can.

There is little user feed link at the bottom of each user page, giving you an RSS feed of their 30 last questions, answers and comments.

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